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Banks tributes to be given to family

Supporters will have a final opportunity to view tributes to the late Gordon Banks at the statue of the legendary Stoke City goalkeeper at the bet365 Stadium this weekend.

Work to begin removing the hundreds of items that have been left by the statue will begin on Monday, with the full consent of the Banks family.

Today (8 March), Gordon’s grandson Ed Jervis visited the site and took a number of floral tributes which the family plan to have pressed to keep as a permanent reminder of Gordon.

The other floral tributes will be turned into compost and used to fertilise a tree the family are planning on planting in memory of the World Cup winner.

All the other tributes, which include scarfs, flags, photos and football shirts, will be handed over to the family.

Following the announcement, the club released this statement: "Gordon’s family would like to thank all those people who left tributes or have visited the statue since his death.

"The outpouring of love and affection has been a great comfort to them as they come to terms with their loss."

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